Trump plans ban on all flavored e-cigarettes

Thursday, 12 Sep, 2019

Federal and state health officials are still investigating the cause of the illnesses, and while they have pointed to vaping as a common factor among the cases, many of them have reported vaping THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, as well as nicotine. The inflammation looks like pneumonia on lung scans, the NYT notes, and the symptoms can include nausea, coughing, and fatigue - but there's no underlying evidence of illness. "We need to do all we can to protect the public from tobacco-related disease and death, and prevent e-cigarettes from becoming an on-ramp to nicotine addiction for a generation of youth".

I think that scientists and policymakers should completely stop comparing vaping outcomes to smoking outcomes. "At that point, all flavoured e-cigarettes other than tobacco flavour would have to be removed from the market".

Tobacco flavouring would be allowed to remain, subject to companies' filing for approval from the FDA.

He added that he hoped the announcement would make parents become "tougher".

In recent weeks, six US deaths have been attributed to a lung disease associated with vaping, and officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration have been investigating hundreds of other cases of the still-mysterious illness.

Alex Azar, health and human services secretary, says the FDA will plan the removal of all e-cigarette flavors with the exception of tobacco flavor. But there is little evidence that e-cigarettes are effective for helping smokers quit.

A bad idea, for at least two reasons. In which case the last thing the feds should want to do is ... push demand for fruit flavors entirely onto the black market, right? He told NPR in March that vaping products at that time were on the market "out of an exercise of enforcement discretion by the FDA". Among those who were extensively interviewed, 80 percent admitted to using THC oil products. But that law did not apply to e-cigarettes, which were then a tiny segment of the tobacco market.

"People are dying with vaping". Or, they were more likely to relapse to using cigarettes.

Once finalized, this compliance policy will serve as a powerful tool that the FDA can use to combat the troubling trend of youth e-cigarette use.

E-cigarettes cause very different health effects than cigarettesCigarette smoking-related diseases such as lung cancer and emphysema took years to develop.

Like tobacco, health warning labels should be prominent to ensure that consumers understand the risks. "A flavor ban will only lead to the creation of yet another multi-billion-dollar black market that will operate with zero safety controls", he said.

E-cigarettes have been available in the United States since 2006 and were widely considered a safer alternative to traditional smoking, even though experts had warned even before the current wave of illnesses that it may take decades to learn about vaping's long-term effects. But under agency standards, only products that represent a net benefit to the nation's public health can win FDA clearance.